La Maison De La Radio
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LA MAISON DE LA RADIO is a vibrant portrait of Radio France, that nation's equivalent of NPR or the BBC. Directed by Nicolas Philibert (To Be and To Have), a master of the documentary genre, LA MAISON shows the day-to-day of a beloved cultural institution, as radio hosts, producers and journalists produce a vast array of shows to "culture-loving, politics-mad, talk-obsessed France" (Variety). (c) Kino Lorber

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""La Maison de la Radio" gives us the pleasant experience of hanging out with people who truly love their work."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Access does not guarantee insight."
‑ Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club
"There is a resemblance between "La Maison de la Radio" and tuning in to a public radio station: You may not know what you're going to get, but there's a pretty good chance it will be worth your time."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Whether or not you consider this a banal topic, it's plain to see that the puttering documentary doesn't achieve magnificence."
‑ Kalvin Henely, Slant Magazine
"This might just be the ultimate cine-snob movie: a documentary about French public broadcasting."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"As Mr. Philibert continues to pop in and out of different studios, in and out of the building, flitting from one face to the other, it feels as if he were searching for a story that never emerges."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"As we watch hosts and announcers talk away on the air, the movie begins to feel like a series of communications between the speakers-and unseen millions."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment Magazine
"Ninety percent of the success of any good documentary is in the editing, and Philibert is a master of the art, sifting through what one assumes must have been months of footage to give La Maison de la Radio an engaging rhythm and structure."
‑ Lee Marshall, Screen International
"It's a film for Francophiles of the deepest dye, a grand tour of French culture and preoccupations."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"Given only hints of personalities and the thinnest strands of stories, we're left with a hum of tinny snippets instead of anything that resembles the glorious noise of people putting on show after show after show."
‑ Eric Hynes, Time Out New York
"The most memorable moments in La Maison De La Radio are purely visual, as DJs hold court from behind a stack of CDs, and broadcasters bustle their way through the curved halls."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
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